Visiting Assistant Professor, English
Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British Literature; transatlantic Romanticism and its afterlives; literary and critical theory; political affect; poetry and poetics.

Old Main, 215


Taylor Schey teaches courses in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, transatlantic Romanticism, literary and critical theory, Jane Austen and adaptation, and poetry and poetics. As a Romanticist whose teaching and research extend well beyond the early nineteenth century, he is committed to reshaping the contours both of literary periodization and of political history. His first book project, After Truth: Romanticism and the Poetics of Skepticism, intervenes in long-standing debates regarding the demise of truth in modernity through unearthing a range of aesthetic and political practices of epistemic sufficiency in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century writing. His second book-length manuscript, provisionally titled Hope is None, explores how political despair has functioned as a central and yet occluded component of romantic, modern, and contemporary lyric. He is also currently editing with Jan Mieszkowski a collection of essays on impasse as a concept in critical theory and in politics. His articles are published in MLQ, Studies in Romanticism, and SubStance, and his reviews have appeared in Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation and Romantic Circles.


Areas of Study

  • 18th- and 19th-century British Literature
  • Transatlantic Romanticism and its Afterlives
  • Poetry and Poetics
  • Literary and Critical Theory
  • Political Affect
  • Jane Austen


Spring 2019 Courses

  • ENGL 135-01 Poetry
  • ENGL 294-01 British Romanticism: Poetics, Politics, Aesthetics


Selected Publications

“Skeptical Ignorance: Hume, Shelley, and the Mystery of ‘Mont Blanc.’” MLQ 79.1 (March 2018): 53-80.

“Limited Analogies: Reading Relations in Wordsworth’s The Borderers.Studies in Romanticism 56.2 (2017): 177-201.

“Ritual Remembrance: Freud’s Primal Theory of Collective Memory.” SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism 42.1 (2013): 102-119.



PhD: Emory University, 2015

BA: summa cum laude, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, 2008



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